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Skattebo Reach Trail (Glade to McPhee Creek)

The Skattebo Reach Trail connects from Glade to Castlegar, contouring above the Kootenay River. It’s a pleasant forested route with the blue-green river peeking through the woods. McPhee Creek makes a good turnaround point if you don’t want to head all the way to the Brilliant Substation near Castlegar.

Trailhead: Glade Road
Distance, round trip: 8.2km
Elevation: +184m
Season: mid-April to early November
Difficulty:  Easy

Trailhead & Driving Directions

After disembarking the Glade ferry, drive up to turn right onto Glade Road and reset the odometer if needed. Drive 1.4km. After this point, the road gets rougher as it enters the forest. If you’re in a 2WD clearance vehicle or if the road is soft and muddy, you may want to park here.

Otherwise, continue driving and cross Glade Creek. Stay right at 1.7km rather than forking left to Glade Creek Falls. If the road is getting worse and the forest is closing in, there is a wide parking space at about 3km. Continuing along the road, reach the trailhead at 4.1km. You’ll be in a clearing at the end of the road with a huge boulder to the right and a small sign.

Along the trail

The Skattebo Reach Trail weaves through the forest with the Kootenay River along the side. It’s mostly easy walking, but there are a few rough and rocky places. The trail sometimes take steep drops down and up over creek beds which would be challenging for bikes!

There are also a few spots where the slope gets steep and the trail is cut into the side, with a big drop down to the river! Be cautious in these sections.

It’s not quite a pristine wilderness experience with highway noise channelling across the river, but it’s a nice forested walk that is snow-free early in the spring. There are plenty of larch and birch trees which would make for colourful fall hiking too!

McPhee Creek

Reach McPhee Creek after 4.1km from leaving the trailhead. There is a bench beside the bridge as a rest stop.

McPhee Creek

Before crossing the creek, you can also look for a faint trail off the right that leads out onto the delta. There are gravel bars here and a bit of a view to sit out and enjoy the space.

Sandbars at the McPhee Creek delta

McPhee Creek is a logical turn-around spot, but you can continue hiking for about another 4km to end up at the Brilliant Substation near Castlegar.

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4 years ago
Trail Rating :

I hiked this today with three kids and there are a lot of fallen trees making it difficult to pass through the very narrow path. Some of the signs along the way have fallen over and it is confusing which way to go.
It is so beautiful with breathtaking views. Needs some TLC but a hike worth doing again!

Trip Date
Trail Conditions
Fair to poor
Access Road Conditions
Very muddy
1 year ago
Trail Rating :

I did only a bit of this trail, about a slow hours walk in. I ran out of time! But i did manage to have Lunch on the ‘Bench at the end of the world’. It’s so close to the edge, your feet hang off! Not for the faint of heart, And not for Kids or people with vertigo! Serious, it’s scary but cool! they dug up allot of the old wooden water pipe that was buried there. (not sure if they were supposed to) So you can see it along side the newly cut trail. Very neat for history… Read more »

Trip Date
Trail Conditions
Very good. they are in the middle of making it wider. So it's very cozy.
Access Road Conditions
A bit worrying if it rains. It's a winding gravel road that goes behind a remote power station. The parking lot is easy to acces when dry. But if it was wet, my car would likely get stuck.
Access Road Vehicle
2WD High Clearance

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